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Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics

Each year CUI and the Joachim Herz Stiftung jointly award the “Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics”. The award honors outstanding contributions of a highly accomplished international researcher to the field of Photon Science. This research field comprises topics like Quantum Optics, Laser Physics, Ultrafast Physics, X-ray Physics.


Second mayor Katharina Fegebank presented the Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics 2015. © Joachim Herz Stiftung, Fotograf: Andreas Klingberg

The award was originally established in 2010 by the state cluster of excellence “Frontiers in Quantum Photon Science” at Universität Hamburg, which was also supported by the Joachim Herz Stiftung. Since 2013 the prize has been awarded by CUI and the Joachim Herz Stiftung and comprises an award certificate and a personal prize money of 40,000 euro. The prize winner is expected to interact with the research groups and especially with young researchers of the cluster (e.g. via lectures and seminars) during one or more visits to Hamburg. Additional funds are available for these visits.

Please send nominations or self-applications to

Preiskomitee des “Hamburger Preises für Theoretische Physik”
z. Hd. Dr. Hans Behringer (
The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging
Luruper Chaussee 149 – D-22761 Hamburg

The deadline for nominations or self-applications is March 31.


Awardees of the Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics